The word pedicure derives from the Latin word pes, meaning “foot”, and cura meaning “care”. Although it’s essentially a cosmetic beauty treatment for the feet, it can also help to prevent a number of foot problems, such as nail diseases, Athlete's Foot, fungus and ingrown toenails.  

As with most kinds of cosmetic procedures, pedicures have different levels of treatment - the best pedicures will also include lower leg and foot massages to totally revive your feet. But, whatever level of pedicure you have, you should end up with smooth and moisturised feet, and toes which are shaped and polished.

There are many places where you can get a professional pedicure. But if you want to take the DIY approach, here are a few tips:

  • If you’re short on time or don't have a foot spa, use a washing up bowl of warm water with any oils you like. After polishing your toes, dip them in cold water to speed up the hardening process.
  • Nail polish keeps best in the fridge.
  • After a pedicure, re-apply a top- coat after a week or so.
  • Establish a home foot care regime - moisturise your feet regularly to prevent them becoming dry and hard.
  • Get a home foot spa – It doesn’t have to be an expensive model, but having a way to soak your feet when they’re tired will do wonders for your stress levels!
  • If you frequently wear nail polish, give your nails time to breathe for a couple of days without polish – this will help keep them healthy.